The Nuggets had to trade Timofey Mozgov to the Cavaliers.
Even if Denver believed, just 3.5 games back from the No. 8 seed, it could make a playoff push, the Cavaliers’ offer of two first-round picks was too good to pass up.
Of course, the Nuggets didn’t necessarily believe the postseason was realistic. Dealing Mozgov could have been the first step in a deliberate tear-down of a team looking to rebuild.
So, it makes sense other teams are inquiring about Arron Afflalo and Wilson Chandler. If Denver is aiming for the future, those players would be on the block.
Want a clue of the Nuggets’ intention? The calls aren’t coming in only one direction.
David Aldridge of NBA.com:
He’s a solid all-around wing who’s averaging 14.2 points and 5.9 rebounds per game this season. His ability to shoot from outside and defend multiple positions should interest plenty of teams trying to win now.
The Nuggets will surely seek a first rounder for him. Last year, they probably couldn’t have gotten one. This year, the high number of contenders has created an arms race that could benefit Denver.
Having Chandler under contract for an additional season beyond this one gives the Nuggets plenty of leverage. They’ll definitely use it while shopping him.